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chaos in cairo. deadly clashes erupt between anti-government protesters and pro-mubarak supporters. deep freeze. dangerously cold temperatures follow that crippling winter storm that paralyzed much of the country. and stop the presses. introducing the cyber world's and stop the presses. introducing the cyber world's first newspaper for the ipad. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody, and thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. we begin in egypt where downtown cairo has turned into a battlefield. it is now a deadly fight, pitting egyptian against egyptian for control of the
government. liberation square in cairo is still smoldering this morning. after overnight battles between anti-government demonstrators and supporters of president hosni mubarak. the anti-government protesters were sprayed with automatic weapon fire. at least five people were killed. cbs' mark strassmann is in cairo. mark, what's the latest there? >> reporter: good morning, betty. protesters are back in liberation square behind me, once again chanting for hosni mubarak to step down. for the last five hours or so, the -- for now. at day break some protesters were still throwing rocks and the bad blood spilled over into another day in the struggle for egypt's future. overnight brought more gunshots, targeting mubarak protesters, and two of them were killed. it's unclear who fired the shots. suddenly yesterday, it was bedlam in a well-organized assault, wave after wave of
mubarak supporters stormed into the square. pelting the protesters with rocks and attacking them with clubs, knives and homemade fire bombs. on both sides people made impromptu weapons, and fought for control of downtown cairo streets. for hours, mayhem ruled this part of the city. they started throwing stones, this protester said, and so we pelted each other with stones. they want to evacuate the square. another wave of attacks. a small cavalry of horses and camels charged on the protesters, adding to the bedlam. egypt's military made a few arrests but on the whole did nothing to intervene, nothing to stop the deadly attack beyond warning protesters before the attack began, to leave. your demands are not recognized, he said, and now we ask you out of love, not power, to return to your lives. there was little love shown in this melee. and what's almost certain, mubarak's government sent in
these attackers. they were well organized and on some of them protesters later found government or police i.d.s. a day after asserting he would not run again for office, egypt's president reasserted his authority, tried to crush this popular dissent, reminding protesters why they had taken to the streets in the first place. the unanswered question, of course, is whether today will bring more of these bloody clashes. overnight egypt's military moved in more resources, more tanks. some of those tanks actually cleared out some of the mubarak supporters. the sense here now is that if those supporters come back, once again, spoiling for a fight, they may get one. from these soldiers. betty? >> mark, we understand that you and your crew actually got caught in some of that violence. tell us what happened. >> we were going through a
checkpoint, betty, surrounded by a bunch of mubarak supporters, a photographer and i, and suddenly we just got attacked, mob swirled around us. it was like blood in the water. once one attacked they all attacked. the photographer was punched several times, maced in the right eye and there was just no place for us to go, and at some point a huge wave of people just started carrying us along towards the side, away from the area. but those were actually our rescuers, betty. these were people that saw what was happening and just wanted to put a stop to it. but they also said two things to us as they got us to a safe place. one, we're sorry this happened but two, please don't go back in there again. >> all right. well, we are glad you are safe. mark strassmann joining us live from cairo this morning. mark, thank you so much. in the words of one anti-government protesters, we cannot go back at this point. while president mubarak digs his heels in, opposition leaders insist they will not negotiate until he steps down.
>> because all what you do is, you know, give that legitimacy, which in my view they have lost. but more importantly i don't think he understand what democracy means. i don't think he understands that he really needs to, you know, let go. >> mohamed elbaradei says fears of a power vacuum if mubarak steps down are unfounded. the egyptian government is denying accusations that it had a hand in the attacks on the pro-democracy demonstrators. the white house was quick to condemn the violence. >> obviously, if any of the violence is instigated by the government, it should stop immediately. the time for a transition has come, and that time is now. >> the egyptian foreign ministry rejected calls for an immediate transition, saying the united states aimed to, quote, incite the internal situation in egypt. this morning, northeast australia is recovering from a powerful cyclone. it blew ashore wednesday with wind gusts of 186 miles per
hour. the most powerful storm in a century there. buildings were destroyed, widespread flooding reported. but no deaths so far. the storm's center missed most of the populated areas. however, there is severe crop damage. and this morning, folks trying to dig out from that massive winter storm will have to bundle up big-time. the heavy snow and ice being followed by bone-willing temperatures. at least 12 deaths blamed on the storm, which stretched over 2000 miles. manuel gallegus reports from hard-hit chicago. >> reporter: the sky above downtown chicago is finally clear. after a massive snowstorm lived up to its hype, dumping more than 20 inches in 24 hours. now forecasters are warning another powerful punch is on the way. the mercury is expected to plunge to 20 to 30 degrees below zero. >> stay in. >> reporter: even hours after the snow stopped falling, more than 200 cars, trucks and buses were still stuck along the
city's iconic lake shore drive. >> 200, 202, 203 -- >> reporter: the heavy snow and blinding drifts after lake michigan left some vehicles looking more like igloos. drivers had no choice but to abandon their cars or wait to be rescued. >> we were trapped on lake shore drive for like seven hours. >> reporter: chicago wasn't the only place hit hard. by the time it was over the storm had stretched more than 2,000 miles across 30 states. in glenwood, minnesota, the roof collapsed on this hardware store. >> i run back into the back home, and hit the floor, the building's coming down! >> reporter: dark signal lights in austin, texas, were a nightmare for some drivers. and everywhere in the northeast, people were scraping and shoveling, trying to get out from the icy and snowy mess. some more creative than ours. in the air, more of the same. at least 6,300 flights were grounded wednesday. and in the middle of this monster storm, the groundhog did not see his shadow.
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the unemployment rate fell or stayed the same in december and two-thirds of the nation's largest cities, and five of them, washington, d.c., dallas, boston, phoenix, and minneapolis, reported large job gains. and a separate report is finding that private companies added nearly 200,000 jobs last month. much more than analysts were expecting. verizon begins taking orders for the new apple iphone today. the carrier's offering several plans, voice and unlimited text starts at $60 a month. the preorders are only open to existing verizon customers. the company will open up sales to everyone else a week from today. and you can log off now, the internet is all full. the last few blocks of numerical ip addresses will be distributed today by the international organization that hands them out. there is a new system that's ready to go that allows for a trillion more. but some are worried that the transition might lead to a few
hiccups online in the short term. betty, we all know what that can do. >> yeah. all right. try not to worry too much about it. thank you, ashley, joining us live here in new york. a new daily newspaper is on sale this morning, but you won't find it at any newsstand or even on paper. it is strictly for apple's ipad. alexis christoforous has more on "the daily." >> reporter: rupert murdoch is making a big gamble on the digital age. >> i'm pleased to welcome you to the launch of "the daily." >> reporter: murdoch's company news corp is sinking $30 million into the launch of the experimental newspaper that can only be read on apple's ipad. and news corp says it will spend about half a million dollars a week to keep it running. "the daily" costs 99 cents a week or $39.99 a year, and promises a more complete news experience. it will incorporate video and blogging in its coverage, and interact with facebook and twitter.
>> they're really taking advantage of the tablet interface and the touchscreen and the sort of tactile and visual delight that comes with that. >> reporter: "the daily" arrives at a time when many newspapers are folding and most haven't been able to get people to pay for their online editions. with one exception. "the wall street journal," which rupert murdoch also owns. but industry experts are skeptical about drawing in enough readers to make "the daily" a moneymaker. people we spoke to are still getting their arms around the concept of a paperless newspaper. >> assuming it's the way everyone's going so ultimately, yeah, i guess i would pay for it. >> it's not bad. >> reporter: but murdoch has deep enough pockets to give "the daily" a chance to find an audience out there in cyberspace. alexis christoforous, cbs news, new york. straight ahead your thursday morning weather. and in sports, how much do the cavaliers miss lebron? well, without him they are one game away from a record that they do not want. [ female announcer ] finally there's a new choice in high performance detergent.
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here's another look at this morning's top stories. the nation's midsection is waking to bitter cold temperatures this morning. right on the heels of that massive storm. windchills are expected to reach 30 below in some areas. and there was sustained violence overnight in cairo. supporters of egyptian president mubarak attacked anti-government protesters. at least five people were killed. and for the first time, egypt's army appears to be taking action today, by making a few arrests. after staying on the sidelines during the week-long demonstrations. elizabeth palmer takes a closer look at the egyptian army. >> reporter: after brutal riot police melted away last friday and the army rolled in, they were embraced as protectors come to restore public order. in fact that's been their main role for almost 40 years. but it actually hasn't been in combat since 1973 in the war against israel. back then, the dashing air force commander, hosni mubarak, was
hailed as a hero. and in 1981 he became president. the military then amassed huge power and wealth. in a leaked cable, u.s. ambassador margaret scobee described the military as a quasi-commercial enterprise itself, which owns vast tracts of prime real estate and has major interests in, among other things, hotels, construction, and weapons manufacturing. it's estimated to control at least a third of egypt's $200 billion economy. it controls much of the state, too. all three top cabinet officials appointed by president mubarak a few days ago are senior military commanders. so far, the soldiers have stayed neutral in this crisis. all day their top commanders were receiving calls from the pentagon, urging restraint. but they still hold the balance of power. and the question is, if mubarak orders them to put down this
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ask what you can do for your country. fireworks lit up the predawn sky over beijing this morning, marking the lunar new year's celebration. according to the chinese zodiac this is the year of the rabbit. people born at this time are thought to be curious, calm, thoughtful, stylish, and passionate. here in new york city, people can get ready for some of the nation's strictest bans on outdoor smoking. a bill approved wednesday makes it illegal to smoke in pedestrian plazas like times square. smoking will also be banned in parks and public beaches. critics say the law infringes on individual liberties. mayor bloomberg, though, is expected to sign the bill this month. a rare ice storm in dallas is putting this week's super
bowl celebrations in a deep freeze. on wednesday, football fans were forced to deal with windchills in the single digits and rolling power outages. and the frigid weather is expected to stick around for at least another day. kendis gibson reports. >> reporter: north texas has been planning for super bowl week for more than three years. but no one anticipated the area would be hit by the worst cold snap in years. >> that wind is extremely cold. >> reporter: organizers expected fort worth's sundance square would be a main gathering place for fans. espn set up shop with an outdoor stage. but even with plenty of heaters scattered around, few fans showed up. >> i expected it to be packed. we were going to come down here and i expected to fight crowds. >> reporter: the restaurant in the square doubled its staff for super bowl week. but so far, it's been less than super sales. >> i imagine with the streets clearing up today, and even tomorrow, we'll probably expect a pretty good crowd. >> reporter: tuesday's storm
blanketed much of the area in a sheet of ice, forcing the nfl to punt and cancel some super bowl week events. and overnight temperatures have been dropping to the single digits. the coldest temperatures here in 15 years. not good news for the more than 100,000 fans expected to visit this week. like steelers fan ennis chamberlain. >> i did not expect this kind of weather. put kind of a damper on things, if you know what i mean. >> reporter: even though the weather is expected to improve by game day, north texas officials fear the freak storm may ruin their chances of hosting the game again in 2016. but as fans in sundance square proved, this is still football weather. just not the kind super bowl fans and businesses were counting on. kendis gibson, cbs news, fort worth, texas. coming up a little bit later on "the early show," live reports on the crisis in egypt. we'll hear from arizona senator john mccain. also, a mother caught on tape using hot sauce and cold showers